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London
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Been a long time since I did "stage" manipulation but since the world shut down I started messing with it again. That being said I am looking for recommendations for a good salt pour gimmick. When I was a teenager I had a Vernet but has long since been gone. Never looked for another so I have no idea whats good or not out there 20 plus years later. I searched of course and found some but looking to hear from people who use one and what they recommend. Thank you in advance
THOUGHTfully,

LONDON
Brian Roberts
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Hi London,
I have Levent’s salt pour gimmick and DVD and recommend them highly. Like everything he does, the material is excellent and the prop is wonderful.
Hope that helps.
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Hi, London-

I agree with Brian, Levent's is very good.

But also have a look at Jeff Hobson's on his DVD 'Jeff Hobson Exposed' , which is also available for streaming rental (one year rental period) -
https://vimeo.com/ondemand/exposed

My own preference for an inexpensive , but effective gimmick is on Cellini's video "Magic That Can Be Performed Anywhere"

In the Secret Sessions section under the "Howie Diddits" thread I show what I use. Look in the Howie Diddits thread , my post on May 20, 2020 05:31 pm.

(or I'll just PM it to you ... but would rather not discuss particulars on this forum which is open to the public)
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Another vote for Levent. The training on his DVD is also top notch.
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Only 35 made in 2005 - Richard Gerlitz “Sea-Ling Salt Dragon” is nice Smile
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On Jul 9, 2020, GeorgeG wrote:
Only 35 made in 2005 - Richard Gerlitz “Sea-Ling Salt Dragon” is nice Smile


Do you have one of the 35 made ? Do you perform it ? Would love to see a video of the effect being performed. Gerlitz items were always intriguing , but rarely seen (because so few were made and because most seem to have only been purchased by collectors, not performers). I always wanted to see the Gerlitz 'Flash Vanish Silk Crystal Glasses', but have not found a video of a performance.
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Pressley Guitar's Long Salt Pour Gimmick is the best for performing. I had one and his routine got a great applause ovation. The gimmick is made out of solid brass bar, giving it the best weight to manipulate. If you can find one, get it.

Nest the Danny Dew aluminum version, come in small and large sizes. I have both and use them for the double hand production of the the salt pour.

Levent's is okay, but being it made of plastic, feels to light in the hands for total solid control, in my opinion. I have this model as well. I would have liked it just a little larger as well.

If you are a performer and not a collector, once you present this effect, you will never do another show without it.

You will realize why Fred Kaps chose the effects in his act he performed, every one is truly magical to audiences.

Magic props and gimmicks are only useful if it performed for the enjoyment of audiences. Hording these wondrous tools is denying performers and audiences of a real magical experience.

I tried the rubber ball and ear syringe bulbs, but they are not as good or controllable as solid gimmicks, in my opinion. So buy several, as there is a lot of trial and error work to get them just right at controlling the flow of salt.
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Bill,
I agree with your assessment of the Pressley Guitar's gimmick. I have Levent's, Kozak's, both of Danny Dew's and a couple of others but I always end up going back to the Guitar gimmick. I have a feeling that Riser's gimmicks would be good with the proper weight and size but have not had the occasion to work with one yet.
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Richard,
You can get a Riser Salt Gimmick on the auction site for only $650. Unbelievable gall, or delusion...not sure which. Whoever the seller called 'theartofmagic' is (all I know is that they are located in San Bernardino) seems to have all his items listed at about 5 times their actual market value. I have no idea who buys them, and feel sorry for the unsuspecting or desperate that do. Does anybody know who this person is
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Hayre, that guy is only trying to keep his valued magic out of the hands of a collector. He want to give it life by selling it to someone who will actually use it in shows for the enjoyment of his audiences. The magic is not in the owning a prop, but the performance for his audiences.
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Regardless of his reasoning, I don't think anyone with any knowledge of what they were looking for would pay 5 times it's going rate. I think he's jeopardizing his sales by inflating the costs so drastically. I supposed there are a few people out there just desperate to own the effect that the they'd pay anything.
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When Tommy Wonder's brother was selling tommy's last few things that were not even finished, on PayPal, I could not believe what he was asking and what they sold for.

One item he asked $3000.00 for, and got more then that.
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Hayre, that guy is only trying to keep his valued magic out of the hands of a collector. He want to give it life by selling it to someone who will actually use it in shows for the enjoyment of his audiences. The magic is not in the owning a prop, but the performance for his audiences.


Actually Bill--it's the collector who's willing to pay $650 for a salt pour gimmick. The collectors have been the vehicles driving magic auctions for many years now.
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Leo, Sad but true, but if you place a reasonable price on an item, then the "resalers" grab it.

That is why, if I can't find a youthful serious person to that wants to be a magician for life, Everything I have is going in 3 or 4 dumpsters.
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Leo, Sad but true, but if you place a reasonable price on an item, then the "resalers" grab it.

That is why, if I can't find a youthful serious person to that wants to be a magician for life, Everything I have is going in 3 or 4 dumpsters.


Don't do that Bill! Post your things for sale at a local IBM or SAM Ring when you're ready to jettison your collection. I understand what you mean about the resellers. They scour the web for deals on hard to find items and sell them again at higher prices. The collectors are willing to pay the inflated price, and also bid high on magic auctions.
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Bill, before you throw anything in a dumpster... would you happen to have a set of 2 and 1/8" or 2 and 1/4" white FAKINIs for sale!????

I'm not that youthful .. but I still want to be a 'magician for life'! (53 years and counting...)
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J, Sorry, I only use 1_3/4 inch Billiard Balls. If I had the 2 inch I would send them to you.
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I've got 2"size...but. want to go a little bigger...thanks anyway, my amigo!
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I wonder what became of this salt pour gimmick by Project Enigma:

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=8uHHgMgjIhg
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Leo H, It looks like their website is up and running. They list all their products for sale and a telephone number to contact them. They have a number of new designs and products.

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